Dr Muhammad D. Bala

Dr Bala’s works revolve around the application of chemistry for sustainable utilization of resources. He holds MSc and PhD in Chemistry specializing in Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis.

His current interest is the activation of small molecules using biomimetically designed ligands and readily available non-precious metals (Fe, Co and Ni). To date, Dr Bala has published over 50 original research articles in reputable high impact international journals.
Quote:   "As a chemist, I carefully observe, learn from and copy only the best - nature."
  Senior Lecturer
BSc (Honours)
Discipline:   Chemistry
Campus:   Westville
  031 260 2616
 Research Areas:   Catalysis
Green Chemistry
Recent Publications:   MI Ikhile and MD Bala*, “Synthesis and catalytic activity of novel N-heterocyclic carbene iron(II) complexes in transfer hydrogenation of ketones” J. Mol Catal. A: Chemical (2014).
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MI Ikhile, MD Bala*, VO Nyamori and JC Ngila, “Application of ferrocenylimidazolium salts as catalysts for the transfer hydrogenation of ketones” Appl. Organomet. Chem. (2013), 27, 98–108.  
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MI Ikhile, VO Nyamori and MD Bala*, “Transition metal-free transfer hydrogenation of ketones promoted by 1,3-diarylimidazolium salts and KOH”, Tet. Letts. (2012), 53, 4925–4928.
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